Family Recipes from my Irish Ancestors

Fond memories of many of the traditional family recipes from the old country passed down to the generations to follow. Irish stew, Braised Lamb shanks, Colcannon, brown bread and traditional Shepard’s pie to name a few.


A number of years ago I started a mission to find my family roots from collections family photos, written documents and memories of stories told to me as a child. I eventually researched many of the Genealogy sites to trace the migration of my Irish side of my family.

My great- grandfather was born near Tumna, Roscommon Ireland about 1843 and Immigrated to the United States  about 1860 – 1870 He was a blacksmith for a coal mine in North Eastern Pennsylvania, near Shenandoah , Pa.

I always wanted to know how the original Irish cuisine from this area was different from other regions of the country.

This led me to understanding the geography, cultures and traditional cooking of the past for some of my favorite recipes.

Favorite Meal Memories

Irish stew

Irish Stew

With potatoes being the main ingredient a typical bowl of Stew is enough as one serving but the great thing about this recipe is that it still tastes good when re-heated. It’s probably safe to say that every Irish family has their own method of making stew by adding their own ingredients for flavoring. Always remember though, keep this recipe simple. Recipe

Braised Lamb Shanks

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Braised Lamb Shanks

Braised Lamb Shanks Irish style
Irish style merely means adding pearl barley as in Irish Stew, very popular on St Patrick’s Day! This truly is a warming and delicious dish. Recipe


Delicious Colcannan

Colcannon is a favorite Irish recipe, especially on St Patrick‘s Day. Seriously, what is not to like? Creamy mashed potatoes, fresh, crunchy curly kale, or cabbage, a bit of spring onions, and pats of butter. Recipe

Brown Bread

Traditional Irish Brown Bread

With a crunchy outer crust and a dense center, this traditional Irish brown bread is perfect for breakfast, lunch or all by itself! Recipe

Shepard’s Pie

Shepherd’s Pie

This Traditional Shepherd’s Pie is an Irish comfort food classic loved by all. Ground lamb or beef is cooked with vegetables and Guinness for an extra flavor boost, then topped with fluffy mashed potato and baked. Recipe

Travel to Ireland to try for yourself the amazing variations of foods, while you visit the beautiful land.

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